label: Def Jam
our score: 3.5 out of 5.0
delivering a debut that was less than satisfying last year, R&B’s
reigning princess Ashanti Douglas has finally scored with her
sophomoric solo endeavor Chapter II.
proves she no longer needs the presence of her former powerhouse
cronies, as there is no sign of a Ja Rule of a Fat Joe on the
CD and the first single “Rock Wit U (Awww Baby),”
has the perfect smooth low key groove that was destined to make
it a summertime favorite…and it is rap free. “The
Story of 2” is ultra soulful as is “Breakup 2 Makeup”
(which has nothing to do with the Stylistics song of similar moniker).
she is just 22, she revisits the best of early 80’s dance/soul
with "I Found Lovin’" which reminds one of the
better bands of that point in time (e.g. S.O.S Band, Starpoint).
that the CD is without flaws. Samples of hits from her debut ("Foolish,"
"Baby” and “Happy" and "Baby")
are revisited in the CD’s opening intro/melody and the same
songs are mentioned later in "Living My Life" and kinda
flogging a dead hip-hop horse. And the inclusion of four “skits”
are annoying and, other than overly demonstrating Ms. Douglas
desperately wants to move into the world of celluloid, they just
confuse the natural flow of Chapter II.
tragic death of Aaliyah nearly two years ago left a huge hole
in R&B. And while Ashanti does not possess overwhelming pipes
of an Aaliyah, she has more than enough moxie to fill that void.
She may look like the least intimidating member of Irv Gotti’s
(CEO of Murder Inc.) stable, she is likely to have more longevity
than all the other acts combined (Ja Rule included).
2. Shany's World - (featuring Chink Santana)
3. Rock Wit U (Awww Baby)
4. What Are The Gonna Say Now - (skit)
5. Breakup 2 Makeup
6. I Found Lovin'
7. Rain On Me
8. Then Ya Gone - (featuring Chink Santana)
9. Living My Life
10. Black Child - (skit)
11. Feels So Good
12. Carry On
13. Sugar Shack, The - (skit)
14. Story Of 2
15. Ohhh Ahhh
16. Shany Shia
17. Sweet Baby
18. U Say, I Say
19. I Don't Mind
20. Outro - (featuring Chink Santana)